Manchester United are expected to splash the cash to build for the next season and the names being thrown around should be music to the ears of fans.
“Get Bale and Sancho”
Former Red Devil Rio Ferdinand would like to see United make a statement of intent. He has suggested the club to make moves for two proven performers. “Sancho or Bale? I’d take both! Manchester United can afford both. They’re different players, you can’t compare them. One is at the beginning of his career and the other at the end,” he told talkSPORT.
“Sancho has huge potential, he can be anything he wants to be. And Gareth Bale, if you’re talking about having great moments in current football, big goals on big occasions, he’s up there in that sense. If I was someone at Real Madrid I’d think about the trophies we’ve won while he’s been there. And I’d be delighted.”
“If I was someone looking for a player right now and he’s available, I’d take Gareth Bale if the price is right. But it’s down to Gareth, isn’t it? If he’s got a desire to leave now, he’s a bit disgruntled, the fans aren’t having him as much as he thought and he wants to get out of there, a deal can be made somewhere else, I’m sure.”
Rio Ferdinand’s opinion might be an exciting prospect on paper but a very impractical one for the Red Devils. Suggesting a team with the likes of Martial, Lingard and Rashford (assuming Sanchez will be sold), to invest around £200m on two more superstars is in no way a logical approach. Let’s assess the options individually.
Alexis Sanchez should be a good enough barometer for United to know to keep away from the Welshman. Bale’s injury problems are well-documented. Moreover, he hasn’t grown into the player many hoped after Cristiano’s departure.
He boasts a combined xG and xA of 0.51 which might look impressive but on par with the likes of Marko Arnautovic. And parting with such cash for a player who is yet to play over 1800 league minutes since 2014/15 would be ill-advised.
Sancho is probably the world’s most famous wonderkid. The former Manchester City youngster left for Dortmund in 2017 which has proved to be a masterstroke.
His incredible form this season has seen him made his England debut at just 18 years old. And a peek into his numbers suggest why he’s hot property. Sancho tops the Bundesliga charts for assists and dribbles p90.
Given United’s attcking void on the right wing Sancho might be an inspired addition. But the club must ignore the marketing lure of Gareth Bale. Instead, they must look to strengthen other areas like central defence and right back.